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flashy

play
adjective \ˈfla-shē\

Simple Definition of flashy

  • : bright or fancy in a way that is meant to attract attention

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flashy

flashier

flashiest

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  lacking in substance or flavor :  insipid

  2. 2 :  momentarily dazzling

  3. 3 a :  superficially attractive or impressive b :  ostentatious or showy often beyond the bounds of good taste; especially :  marked by gaudy brightness

flashily

play \ˈfla-shə-lē\ adverb

flashiness

play \ˈfla-shē-nəs\ noun

Examples of flashy in a sentence

  1. rich young men who drive flashy cars

  2. <I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.>



1593

First Known Use of flashy

1593

Synonym Discussion of flashy

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation <circus performers in gaudy costumes>. tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy <tawdry saloons>. garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright <garish neon signs>. flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar <a flashy nightclub act>. meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise <a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars>.

Rhymes with flashy


FLASHY Defined for Kids

flashy

play
adjective \ˈfla-shē\

Definition of flashy for Students

flashier

flashiest

  1. :  gaudy, showy <flashy clothes>





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